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European programs and surveys

ESS - European Social Survey The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe’s changing institutions and (...)

ESS - European Social Survey
The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe’s changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. The survey covers over 20 nations; it is funded by the European Commission and European Science Foundation. It has received in 2005 the EU Descartes Prize (further information).

EVS - European Values Studies
Large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research program on basic human values, initiated by the European Value Systems Study Group (EVSSG) in the late 1970s and now carried on in the setting of a foundation, using the (abbreviated) name of the group: European Values Study (EVS).

Eurobarometer
Monitoring the public opinion in the European Union is the mission of the Standard Eurobarometer surveys, conducted on behalf of the European Commission since the early seventies at least twice a year in all member states.

ISSP - International Social Survey Programme
The data resulting from this survey are managed by the GESIS (German Social Sciences Services).

Finding the data:

Most of the data of these surveys (ISSP, EVS, Eurobarometer) is available on the ZACAT website: Central Archive’s study catalogue of the University of Köln, a social sciences data portal allowing to search for, browse, analyse and download social science survey data.

The website of Gesis (Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences) provides information and results of the European surveys.

The website of the Swiss Metadatabase of Religious Affiliation in Europe (SMRE) aims at providing detailed statistics and consolidated "best data" on religious affiliation for European countries and regions including the EU.

Information can also be found on the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) website.

D 2 January 2017    AAnne-Laure Zwilling

Surveys and opinion polls

CNN poll 2018 on Antisemitism in Europe Pew Research Center (2017-2018) Pew Research Center regularly realises studies and surveys on religion, which sometimes concern Europe. For example, in (...)

- CNN poll 2018 on Antisemitism in Europe

- Pew Research Center (2017-2018)
Pew Research Center regularly realises studies and surveys on religion, which sometimes concern Europe. For example, in 2017, on religious beliefs and national belonging in Easter Europet and in 2018, on the attitudes of Christians in Western Europe, on Muslim women’s religious clothing and on Young adults around the world are less religious by several measures.

- Transatlantic trends (2008)
Transatlantic Trends: Immigration is a public opinion survey addressing immigration and integration issues including national identity, citizenship, migration management policies, national security, and the economic opportunities and challenges brought on by migrants. It is led by the German Marshall Fund (USA). Chapter 4 of the final report, dealing with national identities, also mentions religious belonging and understanding of Islam. This survey takes into account France, Italy, th Netherlands, Poland, united Kingdom and the United States. The topline data are also available.

- Bertelsmann Foundation: Religions monitor (2007)
The Bertelsmann Foundation has launched an international comparative program of religious beliefs, attitudes and practices: "Religionsmonitor". The overview of religious attitudes and practices 2008 is now available in English, French, and German.

- The values of the Europeans (2005)
Survey carried out by the SOFRES, 12 and 29 April 2005, for EURO-RSCG, with a national representative sample of population aged 18 or more in 10 different countries.

- GfK Group on religious attitudes in Europe (2004)
Germany’s biggest market research institute, GfK Group, carried out in autumn 2004 a survey on religious attitudes in Europe, on behalf of The Wall Street Journal Europe.

D 19 September 2018    AAnne-Laure Zwilling

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